The Friends of Lake Sonoma welcomes you!

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is a cadre of volunteers that supports the interpretive and educational programs managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sonoma.  Due to federal budget shortfalls, we also provide funding to help maintain the park and keep key facilities -- including the Milt Brandt Visitors Center -- open to public access.  We welcome your help -- financially through monetary and in-kind donations or through your service as a park volunteer! 

Pig hunting season now open!

Pig hunts are under way! Time to bring home the bacon!  Wild pig hunts at Lake Sonoma will run through mid-March.  Crossbow/archery only!  You will need a valid California hunting license, a drivers license and pig tags to get your permit, which is good for the entire season.  Check out additional information on our hunting page on this website!

Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival is February 11th!

We've ordered excellent weather for this year's Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival.   An estimated 6,000 people are expected to join us again this year on February 11th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine! We'll have food, beer, wine, music and everything related to Steelhead Trout!  Don't miss one of Sonoma County's most popular -- and free! -- events.

Milt Brandt Visitors Center

The Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma is now open daily!  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Friends of Lake Sonoma is looking for volunteers to help staff the center and give fish hatchery tours during the Steelhead Run, which is January through April.  If you can help, contact us at 

We tip our cap to this year's Steelhead Festival sponsors!

The Friends of Lake Sonoma proudly salutes the following companies and organizations that are sponsors of the 2017 Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival.


Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley 


Bear Republic Brewing Co., County of Sonoma, Sonoma County Airport Express, Sonoma County Winegrape Commission



Amercian AgCredit, The Belli Corp., Bowland Vineyard Management, Brandt Insurance, Exchange Bank, Lake Sonoma Marina, Russian River Watershed Association, Vineyard Industry Products


Board of Directors

Linda Clapp, chairman

Rich Thomas, vice chairman

Tony Pettis, treasurer

Mark Thayer, secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Nikki Baxes, Harry Bosworth, Joe Brandt, Jayson Collard, Dan Harting, Rick Herbert, Donna Meier, Brad Sherwood, Kasey Wade and Burrell Wyle.


Directors Emeritus:  Gordon Amrein, Paul Finn, Dave Harmeson, Phil Pinto, Arnold Santucci, Ken Screechfield

Tax Status

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is recognized as a non-profit cooperative association under section 501 (c) 3 of the United State Internal Revenue Service tax code.  Our tax identification number is 94-2260679.  We operate on a fiscal year from January 1 to December 31.  Monetary and in-kind donations to the Friends of Lake Sonoma are considered to be tax deductible, unless limited by law.


The Friends of Lake Sonoma relies on strong partnerships with key govenmental agencies and businesses, including:

United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

Sonoma County Water Agency

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

National Environmental Education & Training Foundation

Toyota Motor Sales USA

Back Country Horsemen of California -- North Bay Chapter

Bike Monkey

Sonoma County Bowmen

United Flyers of Sonoma County

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley




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